Smoking Bans More and more households in the United States are banning smoking. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 75% of households now forbid smoking at any time or place in the home. Smoking bans have spread across the country. At least 35 states have passed some type of law banning smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars. The risk of heart attacks in communities enforcing such bans has decreased 17% overall. Younger people and non-smokers seem to benefit the most from such bans.
Many people are able to stop using antidepressants with relatively mild discomfort but, for others, withdrawal symptoms become debilitating. Some return to using antidepressants to stop the overwhelming number of symptoms associated with discontinuing these medications.
The term withdrawal, however, has been replaced with antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. This is because antidepressants are not considered to be addictive. They are not habit forming, do not cause drug-seeking behaviors, and are not harmful substances. The term withdrawal was somewhat misleading and therefore replaced.
It is recommended that those patients stopping antidepressant medications do so under the supervision of a physician and slowly wean off of the medication. Based on the length of time antidepressants have been used, and the current dosage, this process could take months to complete but can severely limit the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
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Question: mrst53 asked... My husband has PTSD and has been taking, I think 150mg or 200mg of Wellbutrin each day. He had a CT scan done and decided to stop taking the meds because of the chance of a seizure (his decision not the doc). He has not started back. It has now been 4 weeks, and he feels like CRAP. He has a headache, wants to do nothing, fuzziness in the brain, tired all the time. He is worse than he was before he started on any meds. Depression is worse. Is this the result of going off the Wellbutrin cold turkey?, or just the PTSD and depression returning because he is not on any meds? Thanks, Linda Answer: Dear Linda, The symptoms you describe could be from discontinuing Wellbutrin, but only his doctor could tell you that with any certainty. Medications such as Wellbutrin work to regulate the levels of chemicals called neurotransmitters. Abruptly discontinuing the medication can wreak havoc with those levels. Is he willing to talk with h...
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